Coming off a historically successful year, Ring of Honor figures to have an even bigger year in 2018. Here are five things (some serious, others not so much) we’d like to see happen in ROH over the next 12 months.
5. COLEMAN’S PULPIT WELCOMES DELIRIOUS
An entertaining addition to “Ring of Honor Wrestling” in 2017 was Coleman’s Pulpit, a talk show segment hosted by Caprice Coleman. Blessed with the gift of gab, Coleman has conducted revealing interviews with guests such as The Addiction, Kenny King, Shane Taylor, Brandi Rhodes and The Dawgs. But what would Coleman be able to get out of Delirious, who has own rather unique gift of gab? It would probably go something like this.
Coleman: So, Delirious, what are your thoughts on the competition in ROH?
Delirious: Bah bah bah … bah bah … bah … BAHHHHH!
4. THE DEBUT OF CABANA THE BUTCHER
Little is known about this hardcore wrestler, whose photo surfaced on Colt Cabana’s social media recently and nearly broke the internet. Judging by the looks of him, he must be one of the most violent and sadistic wrestlers to ever put on a pair of 4XL pants and pull them up to his ample areolas. Rumor has it that when he’s not in the ring carving up opponents, he owns and operates a Jewish deli.
3. MORE OF ROH ON CHRIS JERICHO’S CRUISE
It was previously announced that more than a dozen ROH stars will be part of Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea Oct. 27-31 and will compete in the Sea of Honor Tournament in an outdoor ring. That will be a unique, can’t-miss event for sure, but there are a few other possibilities for ROH involvement in the cruise. For example, ROH World Champion Dalton Castle would make a fantastic cruise director. And Marty Scurll -- who, as we learned on the “Being The Elite” YouTube series, is an aspiring pop star -- would be a great choice to host a karaoke night. As for the always exciting and innovative Young Bucks, perhaps they could perform a Meltzer Driver off the Diving Board of Jericho?
2. A HEALTHY YEAR FOR THE KINGDOM
All kidding aside, The Kingdom deserves to have a year without one of its members being sidelined for a significant amount of time due to injury. Matt Taven suffered a serious knee injury in December 2015 at Final Battle and was out of action for nine months. TK O’Ryan suffered a broken leg at the ROH 15th Anniversary show last March and missed five months. If The Kingdom can stay injury-free, there’s a good chance they’ll be wearing some type of gold in 2018 -- regardless of whether or not there’s a Kingdom conspiracy.
1. A THIRD MATCH BETWEEN KELLY KLEIN AND DEONNA PURRAZZO
It’s well-documented that Klein has yet to be pinned or forced to submit during her time with Women of Honor, but that distinction should probably come with an asterisk. In the first meeting between Klein and Purrazzo this past April, Purrazzo had Klein tapping to a Fujiwara Armbar, but the referee was temporarily incapacitated and didn’t see it. Purrazzo released the hold, and Klein went on to score a tainted victory. In their much-anticipated rematch several months later, Klein pinned Purrazzo thanks to interference from Karen Q. Even though the record books say its Klein 2, Purrazzo 0, in the minds of many fans it’s still unclear who the better woman is.